Content and MarTech vendor subway maps
In 2008 Tony Byrne came up with the idea of a “subway map” as a useful and fun way to illustrate the content technology vendor landscape. He has updated the map every year to incorporate the shifting landscape, sprawling growth, adjacent technologies, and of course the renaming and repositioning by vendors and market analysts.
In this article, he shares all 12 subway maps and his thoughts on the changes each year. History is always relevant. A good read. Read More
Scroll, Firefox and ad-free news
Though their impact may be small, at least to start, the business model is interesting. Read More
RealWorld framework comparison
Handy up-to-date info for front-end-developers. Comparing performance, size, and lines of code implementing Conduit. Read More
The end of Starsky Robotics
This is a cautionary tale of what can happen when an enthusiastic founder and hungry investors crank each other up without guarding against mutually assured destructive confirmation bias, and don’t do enough serious due diligence. This scenario is unfortunately common, though often with enough funding/time/expert support a pivot or two can prevent disaster.
In this particular case, the problem was a naive expectation of what machine learning could, or would soon be able to, accomplish. Even the possibility of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is controversial among experts in the field. I only share this because Starsky’s founder and CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher had the courage to publish it. Kudos to him for sharing what happened, and providing enough detail for a valuable case study for entrepreneurship programs. Read More
From the Working From Home department: new opportunities for oneupmanship… Videoconferencing etiquette via The Economist
In case you’ve been procrastinating… Announcing mobile first indexing for the whole web via Google webmaster blog
Great diversion while you’re at home “working”, as well as useful… Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain via Smithsonian Magazine
Classic moral dilemma… Authors fume as online emergency library project “lends” unlimited free books via The Verge
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